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East Tennessee Non-Profit Wins New Car for Charity

On January 6, 2014 at 3pm ET, one local nonprofit organization was awarded with a brand-new 2014 Toyota Tundra at Fox Toyota in Clinton, Tennessee. Appalachian Bear Rescue of Townsend has officially taken ownership of the donated vehicle at Fox Toyota, as they are praised for the exemplary work they do in giving back to our community and making East Tennessee a better place.

ABR won the vehicle in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good contest, beating out over 4,000 other nonprofits nationwide for the chance to win a new vehicle for their organization's commendable efforts. The contest recognizes 100 deserving non-profit organizations nationwide by donating a Toyota vehicle of their choice to the organization, which they can use to further their charitable efforts.

Spokeswoman Heather Ripley said "Our curator Rick Noseworthy is using an old pick-up truck that was once caught in a flood. The constant trips to get food for the orphaned cubs and the trips to meet the wildlife officials to collect injured cubs are often delayed because of mechanical problems. A new vehicle would make an incredible difference to our organization."

250 finalists are chosen nationwide among thousands of applicants. Each day during 50 days, online voters choose two out of five nonprofit organizations to take home a new vehicle. At the end of the day, the two organizations with the most votes take home a brand-new Toyota. And one of those was right here in East Tennessee - Appalachian Bear Rescue.

"At Toyota, we appreciate what a significant impact a new car can have for nonprofits nationwide," noted Michael Rouse, vice president of philanthropy for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. "Toyota has donated more than half a billion dollars to nonprofits across the U.S. over the past 20 years, and 100 Cars for Good allows us to expand that commitment to local communities in important new ways."

 

About Appalachan Bear Rescue

Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR) is a one-of-a-kind black bear rehabilitation facility. Located just outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Townsend, TN, ABR is a nonprofit organization that has been returning black bears back to the wild since 1996. Each year black bears from our national parks and surrounding areas are orphaned, injured or in need of medical care. Thanks to Appalachian Bear Rescue, these bears are rehabilitated and released back to the wild. More information can be found online at www.abrtn.org.

The President of ABR, Dana Dodd, is available for interviews about winning the new Tundra for their charity and how they plan to use it to benefit East Tennessee.

Contact: Dana Dodd, President and Media Contact

dana.dodd@comcast.net

(615) 630-8428 (direct)

(865) 448-0143 (office)

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